I am quitting Christianity!!!

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    Aug 01, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    Legendary author Anne Rice has announced that she's quitting Christianity.

    The "Interview with a Vampire" author, who wrote a book about her spirituality titled "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession" in 2008, said Wednesday that she refuses to be "anti-gay," "anti-feminist," "anti-science" and "anti-Democrat."

    Rice wrote, "For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian ... It's simply impossible for me to 'belong' to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I've tried. I've failed. I'm an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else."


    Rice then added another post explaining her decision on Thursday:

    "My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn't understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me," Rice wrote. "But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been or might become."
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    Aug 02, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    Any group that gets big enough to have power or influence will get taken over and bastardized. People need to wake up to how their pursuit of politics and traditionalism have taken them so far from their original passion.
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    Aug 02, 2010 1:03 AM GMT
    I never joined...religion is bullshit. I have no doubts that there is nothing "UP THERE" looking down on us....it's mythology that soothes the ignorant worried about what happens when they die. As far as I can tell, you die. LOL

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    Aug 02, 2010 1:06 AM GMT
    slowcore saidAny group that gets big enough to have power or influence will get taken over and bastardized. People need to wake up to how their pursuit of politics and traditionalism have taken them so far from their original passion.


    Amen to this.

    I used to read and believe the Bible until college. Then I realized how shut off I was from the world and that common sense is much better at guiding life than faith. However, I am still very interested in exploring the world of belief and how it all overlaps between religions as well as in the realm of law and politics.
  • sumkindoflife

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    Aug 02, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    i was raised as a christian....but never felt that it actually "fit" me.

    i knew it for sure the day my mother told me "god wouldnt make you gay because being gay is wrong and you go to hell for it."

    check please.
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    Aug 02, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    Hear hear icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 02, 2010 1:53 AM GMT
    Born and raised a Catholic, went to Church every Sunday with my mother. But what my mother doesn't know is that somewhere along the way, I lost my faith. It's my decision, maybe I will re-discover it along the way. But everyone has their own belief, etc. But i'm not gonna sit around bashing religion, theres no point. Let those do what they want
  • barriehomeboy

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    Aug 02, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    Religion is all crap. I suspect the intelligence of anyone who hasn't firgured that out without me telling them that.
  • Craigsjourney

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    Aug 02, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    People who go to church aren't necessarily Christians and Christians don't necessarily go to church. Many say being gay and Christian is not an option. I disagree for I am one. People can go round and round about theaology and what is the truth...I say if you take a look and keep an open mind about the truth, it's not hard to find...
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    Aug 02, 2010 3:05 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidReligion is all crap. I suspect the intelligence of anyone who hasn't firgured that out without me telling them that.


    Exactly what I am talking about. Just because you don't believe in it, don't criticize it and those that do follow it. I don't believe in but my family does. So you basically are degrading my family's intelligence for something they have a firm belief in. That's where i take offense
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    Aug 02, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    Each Religion has its pluses and negatives to its teaching, many are friendly nice individuals, its the 1% that take it to a negative zone. Growing up and being adopted my parents pretty much left it open for me to decided which I wanted to follow, though I will never choose one religion, as I think each have something positive that would improve ones life whether it be muslim, hinduism, christianity.
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    Aug 02, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    I agree with much of what she says apart from her phrasing, for example, I have quit Christians as a whole, but I have not quit Christianity. Huge difference..
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    Aug 02, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
    Kudos to anyone walking away from false belief systems.
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    Aug 02, 2010 4:30 AM GMT
    Christianity is like smoking. Just don't start.
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    Aug 02, 2010 4:31 AM GMT
    There is one thing that I believe more than anything: God is real. I can sense his presence no matter where I am; I don't have to even try to think about him. I have always been a skeptic to anything my family or church has taught me, yet God is the first thought in my mind every single morning of my life. There have also been events in my life that show me God is real, which I can elaborate on if you want.

    However, over the course of the last year I've realized there's only one thing in my doctrine that matters: faith in Christ. People can argue over homosexuality, politics, ethics, etc, but I don't think that's what God wants. I bring this up because Anne Rice has seen the turmoil caused by difference of opinions. In my mind God didn't make us to argue over issues.
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    Aug 02, 2010 4:59 AM GMT
    I'm with chocmandms.

    Is there supposed to be a difference between being a Christian and being someone with Christ as the center of your life? I'm not sure what she is renouncing, because it sounds like she's a Christian. You shouldn't let the prejudices of people speak for a religion in its totality. Religion is personal, and there is nothing those zealots can take away from you when it comes to what you believe and how you identify yourself.

    I said this before -- you can go to a church with one hundred people inside, and you will find one hundred different beliefs.
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    Aug 02, 2010 5:47 AM GMT
    chocmandms saidThere is one thing that I believe more than anything: God is real. I can sense his presence no matter where I am; I don't have to even try to think about him. I have always been a skeptic to anything my family or church has taught me, yet God is the first thought in my mind every single morning of my life. There have also been events in my life that show me God is real, which I can elaborate on if you want.

    However, over the course of the last year I've realized there's only one thing in my doctrine that matters: faith in Christ. People can argue over homosexuality, politics, ethics, etc, but I don't think that's what God wants. I bring this up because Anne Rice has seen the turmoil caused by difference of opinions. In my mind God didn't make us to argue over issues.


    You need to educate yourself on Conformance Theory and brainwashing. This will help you to understand why you feel the way you do, without a shred of good evidence for an irrational belief. Once you understand conformance theory, it'll be easier for you to understand why it's so off.
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    Aug 02, 2010 6:18 AM GMT
    Well I was raised roman catholic stopped going to mass at age 8 stop beliving in any sort of "organized" religion and I use that term lightly.. now after studying bio chemistry and thinling for myself I'm down right atheist there is no good that arises from religion seeing as how it is the cause of most if not all conflicts around the world.
    One can argue that no its politcoal or economic but the truth is that every single war... or social issue that have occured and sadly will occur is stemed from the disease which is religion. Or how my mom puts it " if there really was a god.. would that almighty being allow such hatred and death to occur under its name. Hell no if I was that alpha omega I wouldn't let people worship me and kill for my name... anyways I have way to many other things on my mind than to have to think about some make believe almighty.."
    Personally I understand the views of all religions but christianity is one of the most hypocritectal religion out there... they claim to be the one true way to salvation yet it is one of the youngest religions... islam judaism and hinduism and all others are far older yet christianity states that they are false. But the thre monothestic religions islams christianity and judaism all share sone strong simlar roots yet they all strive to topple each other.. as of now ill worry about my life and those of my family and friends and when the time comes I will see just how much of this religious hyateriah us true......
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    Aug 02, 2010 6:20 AM GMT
    Oh ya!...well, your mom!
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    Aug 02, 2010 6:24 AM GMT

    Sayrnas saidOh ya!...well, your mom!


    ROTFL great elaborate explenation haah
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Aug 02, 2010 9:50 AM GMT
    Hear Hear!

    It's why I am a Quaker. I have my own unique, fynamic, changing, flowing relationship with God, just as I have with all my friends, and everyone and everything around me....no one can tell me what to believe or how to believe but they can tell me what theybelieve and why from which I can learn from and hope my own life journey can help and inspire others in theirs.
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    Aug 02, 2010 10:16 AM GMT
    YES!! Now maybe she'll start writing good books again icon_biggrin.gif b/c that Angel series was shit!
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    Aug 02, 2010 10:23 AM GMT
    Bigy11 said. islam judaism and hinduism and all others are far older yet christianity states that they are false..


    This I haev to disagree with.. Islam is from the 8th century, Christianity is from around the first, thats 7 centuries older!
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    Aug 02, 2010 11:13 AM GMT
    There is a good argument for following Christ without being in a particular denomination.

    There is nothing here about abandoning Christianity in favor of atheism.

    "Nothing created everything," the core belief of atheism, is crazy-making.

    The Creator's fingerprints are ubiquitous. A living cell is complex beyond human ingenuity. DNA contains more information than a set of encyclopedias. The macrocosm and the microcosm defy human understanding. Is light a particle or a wave? Given that light slows down when it enters a medium like glass, how does it speed up again after it exits? By what exact mechanism does Jupiter exert its gravitational effect on Earth?

    The Bible is still the greatest book ever written. It explains where we came from, gives insight into the mind of God, reveals the plan of Salvation, and tells where we're going. Anyone who isn't familiar with Bible prophecy is flying blind.

    It's surprising to hear Christianity described as "anti-science" since so many Christians such as Newton, Boyle, Farraday built the foundations of science.

    If you want to see "anti-feminism", look at Islam. When they show the inside of a mosque, how many women do you see? Most historians agree that the standing of women was elevated by Christianity.

    What does "anti-gay" mean? Taking the position that gay marriage makes a mockery of traditional marriage? That you don't cheer when gay marriage is shoved down people's throats by activist judges? I'd say that Sharia Law making same-sex relationships a capital offense, e.g., in Iran when they hang gay men from cranes, is anti-gay. Last time I looked, Christ didn't say anything about same-sex relationships.

    The Resurrection of Christ is one of the best forensically validated events in history.

    How many times must it be explained that manmade evil is the result of free will? If men were robots who could not choose evil there would be no manmade evil. God didn't make man in the image of a robot.

    The idea that religion causes all wars is a favorite myth. Did religion cause the Revolutionary War? How did religion cause the Korean War? the Vietnam War? Which religion led Hitler to invade Poland?

    There can be a good case against religiosity. In a way, religiosity condemned the Son of God.



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    Aug 02, 2010 11:37 AM GMT
    Question is, why on earth would you want to take up Christianity (or, for that matter, any other hate-based religion)?